Pete is 25 years old and decided to get involved with Student Life as he is keen to share his own stories and thoughts to help and inform others, sharing experiences is a great learning tool in life.
Anxiety began affecting me out of the blue in my early twenties, of course before I had been anxious and worried but nothing to this level. After suddenly becoming unwell I ended up being rushed to A & E, not knowing what was wrong with me I was subsequently diagnosed with anxiety and panic attacks.
I had been subconsciously bottling things up for a couple of years at this point and this resulted in my anxiety, looking back on this I now know its ok to say ‘I am not ok’ and it’s ok to ask for help. The panic attacks are the worst part of my anxiety as well as having a fear of doing basic things I used to not be worried about or have second thoughts on. I have been to really horrible places in my own head even a while after my diagnosis but in general it is much better, it’s important to gain the right tools for yourself to better your mental wellbeing. Talking to others and sharing experiences is a massive comfort, you realise you are not alone and many people have their own tales to tell about anxiety.
There are also many tools you can use to build yourself back up and learn about anxiety and how best to deal with it, I’ve had counselling and hypnotherapy, the latter only for a handful of sessions which were really calming and relaxing. I had weekly counselling for a couple of months and at times I discussed things I didn’t even think were relevant but it is all part of the puzzle to learn and try to conquer anxiety.
Daily tools such as mindfulness sessions and using apps like ‘Calm’ can also help maintain good mental heath as well as take the edge off if you are having a bad day. Just remember you are not alone and talking is very brave and will help.